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Falcons Acquire High-Upside Wide Receiver from Raiders

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Atlanta Falcons traded for a high-upside wide receiver from the Las Vegas Raiders on Friday afternoon.
The Atlanta Falcons traded for a high-upside wide receiver from the Las Vegas Raiders on Friday afternoon. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

After losing Calvin Ridley to a year-long suspension and Russell Gage to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons desperately needed to revamp the wide receiver depth chart. They accomplished this feat by grabbing top prospect Drake London at No. 8 overall in the recent draft.

Still, the remaining wide receivers on the depth chart left a lot to be desired.

Atlanta made another savvy move on Friday afternoon, trading for a high-upside young receiver from the Las Vegas Raiders, Bryan Edwards.

Falcons Bryan Edwards

Atlanta sent Las Vegas back a 2023 fifth-round pick in exchange for Edwards and a 2023 seventh-rounder.

Falcons Trade

Edwards spent two seasons in Las Vegas after the team drafted him in the third round back in 2020. The South Carolina product struggled to find consistent playing time in his rookie season, but put up moderate numbers in a bigger role last year. Edwards caught 34 receptions on 59 targets for 571 yards and 3 touchdowns.

This was still an underwhelming performance by some standards considering his preseason hype.

The young wide receiver will assuredly have enough opportunities to shine, given the current state of Atlanta's roster. Even as a rookie, London figures to be the potential WR1 but Olamide Zaccheaus and Auden Tate won't give Edwards much competition for WR2 reps.

Of course, the Falcons could also eye the trade market for other additions.

In the midst of a rebuild jumpstarted by Matt Ryan's departure, the Falcons enter the 2022 season with +25000 odds to win Super Bowl 57 on FanDuel Sportsbook. Those odds rank second-to-last in the NFL.

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